The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut nĂ©erlandais du Proche-Orient

Julia C. F. Hamilton completed her DPhil as a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford (2015–20), and a BA and MA in Ancient History at the University of Auckland (2015). Julia’s doctoral thesis (defended February 2020), was an investigation of the materiality of inscribed personal names and naming practices in Old Kingdom Egypt, using the tomb of Mereruka Meri in Saqqara as a case-study. More generally, her research examines veneration and commemorative practices in ancient Egypt, particularly between the late Old Kingdom and Middle Kingdom. She has a particular interest in graffiti, epigraphic practices, and the materiality of text.

Julia’s research project at NINO (2020–22), ‘Writing the self into history: Graffiti from Old Kingdom Saqqara’, will analyse added inscriptions found in non-royal tombs at Saqqara, Egypt, dating to the 3rd Millennium BCE, as material expressions of self and religious belief in writing. This project will broaden the scope for our current understanding of ‘writing users’ in Old Kingdom Egypt.

Research Interests

Old Kingdom Saqqara, graffiti, materiality of text, epigraphy.


Doctor of Philosophy in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (2020)

Thesis: ‘Beloved of the Ka: Personal names in the complex of Mereruka Meri, Saqqara’, supervised by Prof. Richard Parkinson and Dr. Elizabeth Frood.

Master of Arts in Ancient History with First Class Honours (2015), University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Thesis: ‘Veneration of Vizier Kagemni in Old Kingdom–Middle Kingdom Saqqara’, supervised by Prof. Anthony Spalinger.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours Level) in Ancient History with First Class Honours (2013)

Dissertation: ‘Social memory in Old Kingdom Elephantine’, supervised by Dr. Jennifer Hellum.

Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Ancient History and Anthropology (2012)


Hamilton, J.C.F. (Forthcoming) ‘The treatment of the royal name in palimpsests in the chapel of Meryteti Meri’ in Abusir and Saqqara 2020.

Hamilton, J.C.F. (Forthcoming) ‘Hedgehogs in ancient Egyptian religious practices of the 3rd Millennium BCE’ in Animals in Ancient Material Culture 2.

Hamilton, J.C.F. (2016) ‘That his perfect name may be remembered: Added inscriptions in the tomb of vizier Kagemni at Saqqara’, in S. Klein, C. Alvarez, A. Gill (eds.) Current Research in Egyptology 2015: Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual Symposium, University of Oxford (Oxbow), 52–61.

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